Do crystals work?

Working with crystals is a technique that uses the natural healing energy of crystals to support our well-being, raise our energy, and even in the fight against specific health issues.

“Crystals” is a common name given to minerals or fossilized resins that are believed to have health-promoting properties. Crystal proponents believe that they act as healing channels – allowing positive healing energy to flow into the body and getting rid of the negative energy that is causing the negative effects. But despite the fact that supporting ourselves with crystals has grown in popularity in recent years, they are not popular with most scientists, many of whom call crystal power pseudoscience. From a scientific point of view, there is no evidence that they contain properties that can support us on a health or emotional level.

Nevertheless, crystals are gaining in popularity and more and more often they become part of the practice of personal development, meditation, yoga, reiki, massage or other work to do with the body and energy.

The philosophy of working with crystals is based on traditional concepts borrowed from ancient cultures (mainly Asian), in particular the Chinese concept of life energy (chi or qi) and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras, which are channels of this energy flow. According to these philosophies, the crystals are supposed to interact with the energy field of the body, promoting emotional, spiritual and physical healing. Different crystals have different properties. For example, amethyst is considered by some to be beneficial for boosting creative energy and calming emotions, selenite cleanses negative energy, and yellow topaz provides clarity of mind. The colors from red to purple are associated with the seven chakras.

Scientists have carried out little conventional research into how crystals work. One study in 2001 found that the power of these minerals is most likely in ourselves.

In the study, presented at the European Congress of Psychology in Rome, 80 people completed a questionnaire to measure their level of belief and openness to the supernatural, inexplicable and alternative phenomena. Later, the research team asked everyone to meditate for five minutes holding a real quartz crystal in their hands or (without the participants being aware) a fake quartz crystal made of glass. The participants then answered questions about the emotions and impressions they felt while meditating with the crystals. Both real and fake crystals produced similar feelings, and people who scored high on the questionnaire about belief in alternative healing tended to experience more sensations than those who did not.

Many studies show how strong the placebo effect can be. Our minds and beliefs are very powerful, and it is difficult to say directly that crystals do not work if you define their “action” as having some benefit. Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who is involved in placebo research, said the therapeutic effect of a placebo could be both “real” and “very potent.”

Definition of benefits

According to experts in working with crystals, their benefits are removing negative, toxic energy from our surroundings and ourselves, while cleansing on an energetic level and inviting positive vibrations. Like other forms of alternative therapies, crystals work by stabilizing and appropriately channeling the flow and level of energy, thus focusing on healing the body and mind from within. Crystals are believed to have their own unique vibration and frequency due to their molecular composition. From the way they move and interact, these vibrations and energies work to our advantage and elevate our mood and well-being in a significant way, similar to essential oils or aromatherapy.

As crystals are sourced naturally, they resonate with and use the energy of nature – the sun, moon, and oceans. When we hold a crystal in our hand, it interacts with the chakras and energy. If used in a specific way, it can also improve concentration and creativity. Crystals vibrate at the same frequency as humans and maximize the self-healing abilities we already have. Having crystals around us and in our immediate surroundings is a way to connect with nature, which makes us feel calmer and grounded. And even if you do not fully understand this energy, but it makes you feel good, it can be enough – it means that the crystal is producing the desired effect. In addition, having crystals in our environment is not without significance for our interior and the space in which we live every day. Surrounding ourselves with aesthetically pleasing objects that we consider beautiful, valuable or symbolic also has a positive effect on us.

A way for a deeper connection

Indeed, when it comes to crystal healing, the power of these minerals may be more in our minds than in the crystals themselves. It remains for us to decide how we feel about it. However, taking a moment to focus on your favorite crystal can facilitate a glimpse of awareness, calm the mind, control the emotions – provide a moment of rest and peace that can be even more precious than the stone itself. This crystal-clearing and grounding also serves as an introduction to practices such as meditation, yoga, and journaling.

Over the last couple of years, we are getting more and more attuned to ourselves, our feelings, emotions, and the subtle energies that surround us, looking for a greater connection not only with what is around us, but also, and perhaps above all, with ourselves. We all want to introduce positive changes and habits that are beneficial to our well-being, and crystals are tools that can definitely help us in achieving this.